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Dragonheads

EnsiferumAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Ensiferum - what name would suit a band playing battle metal better, than a name that in Latin means "the Swordbearer"?

After finding the band in 1995, Ensiferum's mastermind, guitarist/ main songwriter/ vocalist Markus Toivonen has taken the band safely through turmoils of line-up changes and busy schedules ever since. The band's career fully took flight in 2000 after ... Read more in Amazon's Ensiferum Store

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  • Audio CD (April 3, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fontana Universal
  • ASIN: B000EGEISU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,306 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dragonheads
2. Warrior's Quest
3. Kalevala-Melody
4. White Storm
5. Into Hiding (Amorphis Cover)
6. Finnish Medley

Editorial Reviews

Finland's sword-bearing metal merchants Ensiferum present a crushing mini-CD, filled to the brim with melodies honouring the Nordic pagan heritage, delivered with the firm conviction of seasoned professionals they are. "Dragonheads" is also the first Ensiferum recording to feature Petri Lindroos from Norther as a full member of the band on guitar and vocals, filling the boots left by Jari M„enp„„ (now pursuing a successful solo career with Wintersun). Another newcomer is Janne Parviainen (ex-Barathrum, ex-Waltari) on drums, who replaced Oliver Fokin. The line-up is completed with founding member Markus Toivonen (guitar), Sami Hinkka (bass) and Meiju Enho (keyboards).

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ensiferum mini album very enjoyable April 14, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Finnish sensation viking metal band Ensiferum have returned with their mini album 'Dragonheads.' Gone are the vocals and masterful guitar work of Jari Maenpaa. In steps current Norther vocalist and guitarist Petri Lindroos. Ensiferum are a fairly new band from Finland with two full length albums to their catalogue. Jari left shortly after the recording of Ensiferum's second album, 'Iron,' to pursue his own metal project, Wintersun. The band now appeases fans with a mini-dose of what their third full length album will be like.

The mini album starts with a slow but epic title song. The listener can realize that this new meterial sounds like Ensiferum from the start, but the overall sound is slower than what we fans are used to hearing. The viking elements are represented strongly here, and the screams of Lindroos are very good, but Jari was supreme. The song, 'Kalevala Melody' is a instrumental interlude that is very pleasing and relaxing for the listener. The fourth track, 'White Storm' is my favorite song on here. The synth provided by Meiju Enho is very impressive and gives the song folky elements. The Finnish Medley that closes the album is very classical sounding and clean vocals are present throughout the entire medley.

When the dust settles upon the ears of the listener, this mini album is very pleasing. One area of concern is that the material is not as fast as Ensiferum's older material. But since Jari is gone and Lindroos seems to be here to stay, I can get over the fact that Ensiferum probably won't have the lightning fast solos and aggressive riffs that were present in the past. This is a quality disc and I highly recommend fans of viking/melodic/folk metal to embrace Ensiferum. Their first two albums are amazing viking metal releases. Much praise to Ensiferum for making highly enjoyable music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars CD plays well in my CD player July 30, 2013
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It's a good CD. Looks like most CD's. Came in a clear jewel case with the expected sleeves inside. Works fine in my CD player. No complaints.

As far as the music goes, look up Ensiferum online and decide if you want to listen to the best viking metal of all time in all its CD-quality stereo glory.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dragonheads February 4, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Wow, what can I say? This is a good ep. Since Jari's gone, most people were afraid to hear what they sounded like in later releases. While not a masterpiece like Iron, Dragonheads holds its own. Although only half of it is new material, they re-recorded tracks were done here for a reason. The songs Warrior's Quest and White Storm, done by Jari and Toivonen some time back, fit in perfectly with the mood and fell of this album. This Ensiferum is slower, but still maintains the power and folk spin it had. Kalevala melody is an excelent addition, which goes right into the re-recorded song White storm, which is song quite nicely by the new guy, Petri Lindroos. Dragonheads has to be the best song on the album, and evoks a nice, nordic feel (even though the Finns were never Vikings, but hey) Overall is it a nice and worthy addition to the Ensiferum catalogue, and is enjoyable from the first to last song.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as their previous work October 10, 2006
Format:Audio CD
First of I should say that Ensiferum's "Iron" and their self-titled album are among the best albums in my record collection. After hearing that their lead vocalist and guitarist Jari had left to start his own band (Wintersun, which you should check out; stunning work!), I was really upset. Hearing their first EP after losing Jari, I notice that he was more than just a vocalist to the band. Their new vocalist isnt bad, in fact he is pretty good, its just that the band seems to have lost some of its edge. Although to be frank it would be unfair to be so harsh since only the first two tracks are new material (the rest are either previously unreleased tracks or covers).

So I would recommend this EP to any fan of Ensiferum, or folk metal in gerenal, but dont expect it to be anything stellar like their previous releases.
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